Too Hasty to Condemn New AWARE ExCo(up)?

Woke this morning wondering whether I’ve been over-reacting.

Yes, even prayed about it. And here is where I am now:

How the new Ex-Co got into power was definitely underhanded & against the dignified ‘gentlemanly’ handover approach AWARE has been working on so far.

But they seem to agree that AWARE HAS been doing good work up till now.

It might be fair to see how they act when they actually move into running AWARE on practical terms. eg:

1) Will they maintain current projects? No one comes in to ‘clean house’ without observing the state of the house first & since the newbies were not on the subcommittees till now, it would be a sign of respect & common sense to keep project subcommittees in place till they can learn more about them.

2) All their agm speeches were token generalized ‘for the good of women’ words. If that was how they collectively felt they should have started up their own women’s group. The fact they chose to take over AWARE shows either they respect the structure & foundation & people in it or they were just lazy & hoping to get an established NGO platform fast–

(this would be a very smart move actually. Keep in mind 3 AWARE past presidents were NMPs. Is that what Josie Lau is aiming for? When she gets there will she be able to get back at DBS for flying into her ointment now? Sorry, forgot I was going to try to see things from the other side today. Let me get back on track…)

2b) As I was saying, how they act now will show their true nature. Will they respect the existing subcommittees for example. The chairpersons who have been running things up till now definitely know more than they do and it would be short sighted & recklessly heavy handed to replace them with their own newbies just because they can.

And us volunteers are not the only ones concerned. What about the full time staff? Without tenure/contract but it was ‘understood’ their jobs were secure in these difficult times.

Yes, one of the problems with the previous admin was too much was ‘understood’ rather than spelled out.

But that was possible because we all understood (more or less) the same thing. Even when we disagreed (& yes, I have been one of the noisy ‘difficult’ people pushing for more/different action myself–sorry Constance–now I realise I could have been more polite!) at least it was disagreeing within the same family, like you might get into a fight with your mom over a tattoo but would still give your life or kidney to save her if she was under threat.

Now it is like some mistress you didn’t even know existed has suddenly moved in as New Second Wife with her whole gang of friends & is throwing out the furniture, the dog & the old great-grandauntie who’s lived with you since you were 7 years old & she’s going “I am the boss! I can run things however I want!”

So–Will the new Ex-Co keep the subcomm chairs in place? Research projects ongoing? Full time staff employed? At least for now?

I think it is how they behave here that will show their true colours.
But let’s give them a chance & see?

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  3. i don’t understand what they want to change… is it in terms of homosexual ‘rights’ (quoted because…gay rights dont seem to exist at all in Singapore. correct?). I mean, it seems to be the only ‘change’ they keep mentioning. i dont know what else, did the old guard did, that was ‘not good’ in their terms. although they keep saying, really it’s not… it’s just *cough cough* ‘no comments’.
    maybe they just want the whole world to follow them and to continue discriminating gay people – as in dont exist etc etc. Ok maybe not discriminate, maybe… just to make sure all the gay people are hidden under this mat so that everyone can stomp over. oh wait.. that IS discriminating right? just quietly and unknowingly.

  4. “Now it is like some mistress you didn’t even know existed has suddenly moved in as New Second Wife with her whole gang of friends & is throwing out the furniture, the dog & the old great-grandauntie who’s lived with you since you were 7 years old & she’s going “I am the boss! I can run things however I want!”

    this is classic! and so apt, so apt!

    i’m just now very confused by their seemingly bizarre combination of secrecy and brazenness. what the hell/ what in the heavens (pick a side) is going on? has a group of people gone collectively berserk?

    “how wude!” – jar jar binks

  5. I think AWARE’s members should have control of how information should be released or leaked. Not being a member or a woman myself, I’d like to analyse things as they are publicly confirmed, and not before =D

    It is possible they audited the entire sub-comm and fired everyone on it, but then,

    1. You don’t have to fire people to audit; I think the standard procedure is to announce a freeze on all activities?

    2. If they did fire everyone in the sub-comm, it would be hard to keep a lid on. If it turns out they did that, then the news of Braema being sacked would be… somewhat selective and misleading if everyone was sacked as well.

    3. If they are auditing all the sub-comms, there ought to be more instances of other sub-comm heads getting the axe.

    As it is, you are right to say that there’s too little happening for us to conclusively reject the new exco. They’re dedicated religionists, but they haven’t imposed any of that agenda in AWARE yet, and so on.

    But I think there’s enough that’s happened, especially in the manner of the takeover, for the new exco to be universally reviled and condemned… but that’s just me =D

  6. Thanks, I read about Braema (after I posted the above) but that’s just one… & am hoping it’s a misunderstanding–like not so much ‘sacked’ as they’re auditing the whole sub-comm & after an assessment may officially re-appointment her under their new committee?

    I don’t really believe it either but trying very very hard to give chance.

    And I haven’t heard of any other purges yet–please fill the gap here if you can!

  7. So–Will the new Ex-Co keep the subcomm chairs in place? Research projects ongoing? Full time staff employed? At least for now?

    As I was saying, how they act now will show their true nature. Will they respect the existing subcommittees for example.

    I’m not sure why you’re unaware that they’ve already begun the purges. It’s been reported in ST the third time in the third day running:

    Braema Mathi was sacked as the chair of its Cedaw committee, which was in the process of drafting a report to the UN due this year. Sacked without explanation.

    Your questions are already academic.

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